The World T.E.A.M. Sports Board of Directors provides strategic vision and management for the organization’s efforts. The Board meets regularly to ensure the organization remains on mission and is performing efficiently.
2013-2014 Board of Directors
James M. Benson
Founder and Chairman, World T.E.A.M. Sports
CEO, Benson Botsford, LLC
Lon Dolber is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of American Portfolios, a firm which he founded in 2001. American Portfolios Financial Services Inc. is an independent broker-dealer with over 800 brokers and 375 branch offices with over 18 billion dollars under management. Lon has over 34 years experience as a financial service professional combining financial product and services knowledge with a strong technological and operational background.
In addition Lon serves as American Portfolios Chief Information Officer providing leadership and strategic thinking to the business challenge of using technology to provide service and support to the firm’s financial service professionals.
Mr. Dolber began his career in the financial services industry in New York City in 1978. Excelling as a financial services representative, he established a base of over 700 clients with 40 million dollars in assets under management. By the early 1990’s, Mr. Dolber was the Registered Principal of one of the largest offices of an independent broker dealer based in Bryan, Ohio. During this time period, Lon was responsible for branch development, recruiting and compliance for over 125 registered representatives.
Lon served on the FINRA District Committee # 10 (New York) from January 2004 through December 2006 and currently serves on the FINRA Technology Committee.
Since joining Florida Hospital in February 2013, Lieutenant General Mark Hertling serves as the Senior Vice President for Global Partnering, Physician Leadership Development, and the Healthy 100 Business. Prior to this, he served for nearly four decades as a Soldier in the US Army; at the time of his retirement in December 2012, he was Commanding General of US Army Europe. LTG Hertling commanded units at every level from platoon to Army, including training organizations at the National Training Center in California and the Joint Multi-National Training Center in Germany. He also commanded the Army’s 1st Armored Division in combat, during one of three combat tours.
LTG Hertling has a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), and holds Masters Degrees in History, International Relations and Exercise Physiology. In addition to working with Florida Hospital, Mark serves on the Advisory Panel of the non-profit organization “Mission Readiness,” and President Obama recently appointed him as one of 20 members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition. He is married to his best friend, Sue, and they have two sons and two grandsons. He loves being with family, reading history, bicycling, and any form of athletic activity.
Founder, 50 Eggs Productions and former Olympic Athlete
Peter D. Noris
New York, New York
George Puskar has been a leader in the U.S. institutional real estate industry for more than 40 years, heading the nation’s largest investment management company, Equitable Real Estate. He has also served on the boards of four NYSE listed real estate investment trusts, many trade associations and two universities. He has also been a leader in the disabled sports movement as a board member of World T.E.A.M. Sports since 1995 and a member of the Paralympic Advisory Committee.
Mr. Puskar has been an active participant, designer and fundraiser for many World T.E.A.M. Sports events including AXA World Ride, The Vietnam Challenge, Face of America, the 1996 Paralympic Torch Parade from the White House to Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, and most recently, the two Sea To Shining Sea cross-country bicycling events.
Senior Vice President, Fidelity & Guaranty Life
John C. Villar
Vice President and Senior Business Banker, Capital One Bank
Director of Philanthropy, The National Democratic Institute
Stephen Whisnant serves as Director of Philanthropy and Advisor to the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C. Prior to serving this international NGO which promotes democracy building around the globe he was a Managing Director for the United States Olympic Committee, based in their Washington, D. C. office. He assisted with a number of special projects, including work with the US Paralympics and the US Olympic Foundation Trustee group. Prior to joining the US Olympic Committee, he served as the Campaign Director for the “Building for Peace Campaign” of the United States Institute of Peace. The headquarters’ project, an $186,000,000 campaign, provided a permanent home for the Institute and it includes an expansive Global Peacebuilding Center on the northwest corner of the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Mr. Whisnant has an extensive background in fund development and general management and senior leadership positions in nonprofit work. Prior to joining USIP he served as Vice President of Development and Investor Relations at Venture Philanthropy Partners. He also has consulted with a number of national and international organizations, advising them on their development plans, strategic planning, board development and general operations. He served full-time as Senior Director of Development and Non-Profit Initiatives, and then as a consultant to Paul Allen, Jody Patton and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation in Seattle, Washington. He developed long-term fundraising and operations strategies for the Experience Music Project, the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Documentary Film division of Vulcan Productions, and the Microcomputer Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Mr. Whisnant spent fourteen years in higher education as a senior development officer and adviser, including ten years at Harvard University and three years at Davidson College; his tenure included work in alumni relations, major gifts and two capital campaigns. He gained political fundraising experience during his tenure as the first-ever Executive Director of the Presidential and Democratic Party Victory Fund in support of the 1988 presidential race.
During his tenure at Harvard, he became actively involved in the community service movement, especially among athletes, and in 1993 he opened the doors of World T.E.A.M. Sports, an international sports nonprofit committed to offering rich and dynamic programs to all levels of athletes, especially persons with disabilities. He served as the organization’s first Executive Director/CEO for eleven years. The organization received international recognition for its work in advancing educational and medical initiatives through sports events and programming. Mr. Whisnant oversaw the production of four documentary films and numerous award-winning educational curricula. He is a recipient of an Emmy Award, serving as an Executive Producer of “Vietnam, Long Time Coming.”
In addition to serving the National Democratic Institute, he currently provides consulting services to Layalina Productions, Levitt Pavilions, the American Cancer Society, the Asia Society, the US Institute of Peace and Venture Philanthropy Partners.
He holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina and a Master’s in Education from Harvard University. In addition to serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Sports Foundation, he serves as a trustee, director or adviser, respectively, for World T.E.A.M. Sports, Outward Bound USA, PeacePlayers International, Athletes United for Social Justice, and Fencing in Schools. He has presented frequently at national conferences, contributes to regional and national publications, and he was awarded a Lyndhurst Prize by the Lyndhurst Foundation for his work and commitment to community service.
Mr. Whisnant, his wife, and son, reside in Washington, D.C. His wife, Liz, is Principal of the Horace Mann School and Max is a ninth grader at St. Albans School.
USMC General (Retired)
Zack H. Bacon, III
David T. Blackburn
Nancy J. Ditz
J. Alston Gardner
Brian C. Halpern, M.D.
Willis J. Hulings III
G.W. Jim Johnson III
Peter D. Kiernan, III
Christopher J.W.B. Leggett, M.D.
Valerie Coleman Morris
W. Olin Nisbet, III
Patricia Potter, M.D.
Mark S. Richardson
Adrienne Foster Spelman
David H. Spencer
John D. Snodgrass
William J. Warner
David “Tiger” Williams